The MC Reads! (Methodist College Reads!) is a community partner of Peoria Reads! presented by the Peoria Public Library and Common Place. MC Reads! is a community reading program designed to bring the college community together through the reading and discussion of a common text.
Peoria Reads! is sponsored in part by Friends of Peoria Public Library and is funded by a grant from The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
According to Peoria Reads! "In cities around the nation, a coalition of organizations promote the reading of the same, book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. Readers then participate in events such as book discussion groups, appearance by the author and other special events."
The book for the 2018-2019 season of Peoria Reads! is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker. The memoir tells the story of Chast's parents' final years through cartoons, family photos, found documents, and narrative prose.
In fall 2018, MC Reads hosted several book discussion sessions that covered the topics of aging, end of life and art as therapy, led by Methodist College faculty.
MC READS! SPRING 2019 EVENTS
All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 3, 2 - 4 p.m. - Successful Aging with Marjorie Getz
This presentation will focus on definitions of successful aging and the factors that have consistently been associated with this process through evidence-based research. Topics to be discussed include developing a definition of "normal" aging and examining research that identifies components of successful aging. Specific recommendations related to well-being and higher quality of life at older ages will be summarized. Marjorie Getz is a Professor of Arts and Sciences at Methodist College where she teaches courses in psychology and gerontology. As a graduate student, she was a research assistant on the MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging.
Sunday, March 3, 4 - 5:30 p.m. - Peoria Reads Death Cafe
A Death Cafe is a gathering and discussion about death and dying held in a social setting with refreshments and food (typically cake). Colleen Karn, Assistant Professor of English & Humanities at Methodist College, will facilitate this discussion in an effort to normalize the discourse of death. Free and open to the public. The event will include a drawing for a Death Cafe tea cup and saucer.
Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Can't We Talk?: An End of Life Symposium
Methodist College, as a community partner with the Peoria Reads! and the Peoria Public Library is hosting an end-of-life symposium to provide the public with beneficial information and advice regarding various aspects of end-of-life planning. The symposium will begin with a panel discussion comprised of ordinary people who have faced end-of-life issues on a personal or professional level and what they learned from their experiences. Then there will be "break out" sessions with professionals in the following areas: hospice, legal planning, financial planning, and funerary planning. Though many of us are reluctant or uncomfortable discussing such issues, end-of-life planning can ease the burden of handling end-of-life events. We hope you come to talk with us about these important issues.
Symposium Registration (Free and open to the public)
Full schedule of Peoria Reads! events
Methodist College Library Guide of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
MC Reads! 2017-2018
Methodist College became a community partner of Peoria Reads! during the 2017-2018 year with the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. In the book, a flu pandemic has destroyed civilization as we know it. The book follows a woman as she moves through an altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. A featured event of the college's participation was a pandemic simulation experience, where attendees were able to view live action simulation of the progression of an epidemic outbreak in a hospital and its effect on the population and health care providers.